Code Versioning with SVN

Published on December 12, 2007

SVN is a code versioning tool, which has being gaining popularity over the more well known CVS.

Some SVN commands for server

  • To run the SVN server serving out to your clients:
    • svnserve -d -r c:/svnrepos/ –listen-port 7788
      Start the daemon svn server, with repository under that directory, listening to port 7788.
  • To create a new project in the repository.
    • svnadmin create TestProject
  • In the project repository conf directory (eg. c:/svnrepos/TestProject/conf/),
    • Add users in ‘passwd’ file
      jd = password
    • Add permissions in ‘authz’ file
      tribe_r = user1,user2
      @tribe_r = r
      jd = rw
  • Use TortoiseSVN to do an initial import.
    Example of an URL:
    • svn://localhost:3690/TestProject
  • When you need to do a migration (moving your repository to another computer, possibly with another),
    • svnadmin dump c:/svnrepos/TestProject > TestProject.dumpfile
      This will create a dump file of the entire TestProject repository
    • svnadmin create TestProjectNew
      Create the new repository in the new computer.
  • svnadmin load TestProjectNew < TestProject.dumpfile
    With load, your project repository will be migrated successfully!
  • Copy the passwd and authz files directly to set up the same access rights.

For client:

  • Use TortoiseSVN to do a initial checkout with the same URL.
  • Thereafter users can commit and update with the same URL.
  • Client is as simple as that…


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